Richard Harned

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Richard Harned
Richard Harned in 2005.jpg
Born (1951-05-03) May 3, 1951 (age 68)
EducationRhode Island School of Design
Known forSculpture

Richard Harned (born 1951) is an American contemporary kinetic sculptor and glass artist. Harned trained under Dale Chihuly in the 1970s at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with other artists of the American Glass Movement, including Bruce Chao and Tom Kreager. In 1974, he established the Abstract Glass studio in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating from and teaching at RISD, he also taught glass art at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and the University of Tennessee. He joined the faculty of Ohio State University in 1982.[1]


Harned’s work has evolved from small utilitarian pieces and abstract glass objects to room-sized kinetic sculptures built to explore the use of light, movement, and technology in art. His message is about the connection of ideas to the dynamism of the physical world. His sculpture combines the aesthetic beauty of glass with the drama of complex moving constructions, embellished with decorative and symbolic elements. His pieces are often presented with a humorous post-modern warning about technology’s impact on nature.[2]

The kinematic works of the 1980s and 1990s were built with elements of welded steel, often combined with neon lighting and glass, rotating television monitors, computers, and globes. He floated neon and fluorescent light sculptures in water, combining the natural reflection of water with the glow of artificial light, and the unnatural mix of electricity and water.[1]


Harned has been an important artist of American Glass movement starting in the 1970s. He founded and directed the Glass Axis workshop, an organization to promote glass art in Columbus, Ohio. He served as president of the Glass Art Society (1987–1988), an international professional association. He has worked at the Pilchuck School in Washington, which was established by Dale Chihuly as an international school for glass artists. He has also been a visiting artist in the Netherlands, Japan, and Germany.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c Brown, D. (1987). 1987 Research 1988. Richard Harned. Ohio State University, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, pp. 30-33.
  2. ^ a b Harned, R. (2006). Art: Richard Harned. Retrieved December 20, 2007, from The Ohio State University’s Web site:
  3. ^ a b Zeitgenössische Lichtkunst. (2001). Licht und Bewusstsein. Petersburg, Germany. [Calendar].
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Harned, R. (1998). Grant proposal, unpublished.
  5. ^ a b Richard Spencer Harned. (1989) The Guild: A Sourcebook of American Craft Artists. Japan. p. 93.
  6. ^ Night Sky: Sun in Taurus. (1990) Heritage Village Presents Sculpture on the Riverfront, May 30–Sept 3. p. 8-9. [Pamphlet].
  7. ^ Speranza, C. P. (1990). We are Transmitters: a visual essay and guide to Richard Harned’s eccentric vision. Whatever it is Productions: Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian, 6p.
  8. ^ Thorson, A. (1990, December 14). Art of Glass. City Paper.
  9. ^ Glassworks. (1991, January). National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery. [Pamphlet].
  10. ^ Graduate Studies in Art. (1991). The Ohio State University. [Pamphlet].
  11. ^ Hall, J. (1991, February 3). Trilogy’s ‘permanent’ art complements installations. The Columbus Dispatch, p. 6G.
  12. ^ Ippolito, J. (1991). Oracle. Columbus Art. Columbus Ohio Art League, nos. 2 & 3, p. 7.
  13. ^ Glass. (1998). Haystack: Summer 1998. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, p. 9.
  14. ^ Krouse, E. A. and D. D. Lautt, eds. (2001). Expansions: Susan Dallas-Swann and Richard Harned. 0191 Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University [Pamphlet]
  15. ^ Wales, C. (2004, June 30-July 6). Marriage of Styles. CIN Weekly, vol. 1, issue 30.

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